Originally Posted by corkedbat
Oh, it's not that I'm counting that much on Billy, just don't like Bourn enough to give him all that money and lose the pick.
I can agree with that.
To be honest, I'm not set on Bourn either. Any of the guys mentioned in this thread would be a welcome addition to the Reds IMO (though I have my doubts about Fowler due to his home/road splits). I just don't want them intentionally leaving a hole on a contending team so that a prospect has an easy path to the majors. I love me some Billy Hamilton, but he could just as easily regress to being the 700 OPS guy he was in 2011 rather than moving forward as the 800 OPS guy he was in 2012.
The Reds are capable of winning NOW. There is no reason for them to be waiting on a prospect to solve their problems. They need to go out and actively plug holes on the team and deal with the pleasant 'problem' of making room for Billy if/when he forces the issue.